This is the time of year many of us gain weight. And thanks to the covid pandemic and another round of stay-at-home orders, the probability of gaining weight increases even more.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are two simple things you can do to decrease your risk of gaining weight:
- Eat 2 meals per day, with no snacking between meals;
- Go outside and walk for 15 minutes each day.
The rationale here is simple: by eating less frequently, your body will turn to stored fat for energy. In addition, not snacking means less calories consumed. At the end of the day, a person will have taken in less calories because you can only eat so much in one sitting.
It’s also important to drink water throughout the day. Drinking plenty water is key. Staying hydrated can also keep hunger at bay. In addition to water, coffee and tea are great to drink in between meals. Many artificially flavored drinks are high in sugars and calories. They should only be consumed when eating meals (if at all).
Here’s a fun green tea recipe I created with the help of my son. It contains green tea, turmeric, black pepper and cinnamon:
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By intermittent fasting and not eating snacks, we can help decrease the risk of gaining weight, and if we add 15-20 minutes of exercise daily, we may even lose a few pounds as well!
An idea is to simply take a walk outside for 15-20 minutes. This will get the blood flowing and burn a few calories as well. This simple tip could be the difference between gaining weight during the holidays or simply maintaining your weight.
Here’s another important point: When eating in this manner, you don’t have to count calories. Just eat normally, and eat until full. When I eat this way, I eat later in the day, and I NEVER go to bed hungry. this is NOT a starvation diet, you’re simply not eating as often.
Having a plan of action is key during both the pandemic and holiday season. Get more tips in my books The Diet of Success: Healthy Eating Tips Not Taught in School, and The Three Pillars of Strength: Increasing Your Physical, Mental and Spiritual Fitness. Both available on Amazon.